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Is your business prepared for a second COVID-19 wave? Stay up to date with the latest news and what this means for your business. To stay up to date with the latest Government relief and stimulus packages, click here.

National news

10:52pm 17 September 2020 – Confirmed cases: There are now 29,656,504 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, with at least 26,779 confirmed cases in Australia. We monitor these numbers daily and update accordingly.

8:02am 7 September 2020 – Stage 4 restrictions will be extended for two weeks in metropolitan Melbourne and stage 3 restrictions will begin to ease in regional Victoria from September 14. Click here for more. 

3:29pm 31 August 2020 – Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is set to unveil a COVID-19 road map our of lockdown. Click here for more. 

12:57pm 28 August 2020 Paid pandemic leave has been introduced to those who live in New South Wales and South Australia but work in Victoria. Click here for more. 

3:10pm 7 August 2020 – Employers will gain easier access to the JobKeeper wage subsidy from the end of September to deal with the economic damage from sweeping Victorian shutdowns. Click here for more. 

12:37pm 6 August 2020 – Stage 4 coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne could cost the economy $9 billion says Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Click here for more. 

9:13am 4 August 2020 – Paid pandemic leave has been introduced in Victoria: The Federal Government will introduce a $1,500 payment for workers who are required to self-isolate because of COVID-19 but do not have leave entitlements. Click here for more.

11:49am 21 July 2020 – The JobKeeper wage subsidy will be reduced to $1,200 per fortnight for full-time employees and $750 per fortnight for part-time employees from October. Click here for more details. 

10:44am 21 July 2020 – The JobKeeper wage subsidy will be extended until March 2021, however the Federal Government has confirmed the value of the payment from the first week of October 2020. Click here for more. 

10:01am 20 July 2020 – Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced an extension of the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme: The next phase will help businesses move out of hibernation, successfully adapt to the new COVID-safe economy and invest for the future. Click here for more. 

11:23 16 July 2020 – Billion dollar JobTrainer program announced: The Federal Government has unveiled a new program for school leavers struggling to find work amid coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more. 

9:00am 13 July 2020 – JobKeeper end confirmed for September: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirms JobKeeper payment will end in September 2020. Further support will be based on "assessed need". Click here for more.

8:33am 21 May 2020 – Federal court on top of casual double-dipping: The Full Federal Court has today reconfirmed that casual employees working regular and systematic hours with “predictable periods of working time” are likely to be considered permanent employees, regardless of what their contract says and regardless of the payment of casual loading. 

1:16pm 8 May 2020 – Restaurants, cafes allowed to reopen under the first stage of eased coronavirus restrictions: Timings of changes will be up to the individual states and territories.

4:26pm 5 May 2020 – COVID-19 planning toolkit: A toolkit has been developed to help businesses in each industry to prepare and plan for a return to work. Also further easing of restriction is expected to be announced Friday, the decision will be made state by state.

10:01am 27 April 2020 – JobKeeper enrolment has been extended: The Commissioner has extended the enrolment for JobKeeper from 30 April 2020 to 31 May 2020. 

VIC

8:06am 14 September 2020 – The Victorian Government has announced a $3 billion coronavirus business support package, including $1.1 billion in cash grants dedicated to small and medium-sized business. Click here for more. 

8:02am 7 September 2020 – Stage 4 restrictions will be extended for two weeks in metropolitan Melbourne and stage 3 restrictions will begin to ease in regional Victoria from September 14. Click here for more. 

3:29pm 31 August 2020 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is set to unveil a COVID-19 road map our of lockdown. Click here for more. 

5:11pm 20 August 2020 – The Victorian Coronavirus rental eviction moratorium will be extended to the end of the year, including for commercial tenants. Click here for more. 

4:34pm 13 august 2020 – Victorian businesses doing it tough will receive more help in dealing with the stress and emotional impacts of the coronavirus pandemic through a new Victorian Government wellbeing initiative. Click here

12:37pm 6 August 2020 – Stage 4 coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne could cost the economy $9 billion says Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Click here for more. 

3:15pm 3 August 2020 – The Victorian Government has outlined which businesses will be impacted by stage 4 lockdown restrictions. Click here for more. 

8:10am 3 August 2020 – Melbourne has entered stage 4 lockdown restrictions, including a curfew from 8:00pm to 5:00am each night. Click here for more information. 

1:22pm 20 July 2020 – Facemasks have been mandated in Melbourne workplaces. Exceptions do apply. Click here for more. 

1:39pm 14 July 2020 – Victoria records 270 new cases amid fears for aged care facilities. Click here for more. 

10:22am 1 April 2020 – VIC Government announced a $1.3 billion funding boost for the state’s health system: The additional funding will ensure Victoria has the resources and capacity to treat thousands. Further details here.

8:59am 30 March 2020 – Victoria moves to stage three Coronavirus restrictions: Victorians face on-the-spot fines of more than $1,600 if they breach Coronavirus restrictions that limit gatherings to just two people. Click here for further details.

ACT

6:41am 27 March 2020 – ACT Government expected to announce rental assistance package. The decision was meant to be unveiled on Tuesday, however it was delayed and is expected to be made today. Click here.

10:46am 20 March 2020 – The ACT government has announced rates rebates, suspended fees and direct funding for arts and entertainment businesses, with a focus on sectors most likely to be affected by the Coronavirus. Click here to see how this impacts your business.

SA

9:15am 25 August 2020 – The South Australian Government has announced a one-off paid pandemic leave payment targeted at casual workers. Click here to read more

9:35pm 6 April 2020 – Proposed Coronavirus law to protect South Australian renters. Click here to read more.

11:01am 5 April 2020 – JobKeeper payments exempt from payroll tax. Click here to read more.

8:32am 26 March 2020 – SA Government announced $650 million rescue package aimed at saving South Australian jobs and supporting key industries. Click here for further details.

10:44am 23 March 2020 – The SA Government has restricted entry into South Australia with exemptions for “essential travel to maintain health, the food supply chain, and the state’s economic needs”. To find out what this means for your business, click here.

NT

8:36pm 1 April 2020 – NT Government set for economic boost of $1 billion to buy time to keep its citizens healthy and in jobs, and businesses alive until the Coronavirus pandemic passes. Find out more.

2:36pm 24 March 2020 – The NT Government pledged $50 million to help territory businesses survive the economic impacts of Coronavirus. Click here to learn more.

7:51am 23 March 2020 – The NT Government’s new regulations impose tougher measures on those arriving in the NT from interstate or overseas. To find out what this means for businesses, click here.

nsw

9:22am 9 September 2020 – The southern border small business support grant is now open. Click here to apply

9:13am 24 August 2020 – A new $45 million grant program has been announced to manage the economic impacts of border closures in southern NSW on businesses in the region. Click here

3:01pm 17 August 2020 – The NSW Small Business Recovery Grant application deadline has been extended until 31 August 2020. Click here for more and to apply.

8:13 am 3 August 2020 – Premier Gladys Berejiklian has issued a 'strong recommendation' for masks in enclosed spaces like public transport and supermarkets. Click here for more.

9:00am 14 July 2020 – From 17 July 2020, it will be compulsory for pubs to register as a COVIDSafe Business, reduce the number of people per booking and have a dedicated COVIDSafe Hygiene Marshall monitoring social distancing. Click here for more. 

7:38pm 13 July 2020 – NSW Government reintroduces tougher restrictions for pubs following a new COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for more. 

5:31pm 20 May 2020 – From 1 June there will be no travel restrictions within NSW. 

2:18pm 16 April 2020 – NSW Government $10,000 grant for NSW businesses is now available. Click here to apply via Service NSW.

5:27pm 13 April 2020 – NSW Government has announced $440 million in relief for renters and landlords affected by Government-enforced Coronavirus restrictions. Click here for more.

9:02am 3 April 2020 – $10,000 grants to provide real and rapid relief to NSW small business. Click here.

8:04am 1 April 2020 – Locals to fill the medical supply chain: The NSW Government is calling on manufacturers around the State to help fill gaps in the global supply of medical equipment and hygiene products. Read more.

7:14am 30 March 2020 – NSW Government to start enforcing tougher Coronavirus restrictions: The introduction of legislation to reduce spread will come into place from midnight today. Read more.

5:15am 27 March 2020 – NSW Government to unveil $750 million stimulus package: The package is aimed at retaining and creating jobs as well as sustaining NSW businesses. Click here for further details.

TAS

10:56am 7 August 2020 – Paid pandemic leave is now available for workers in Tasmania. Click here for more

11:19am 19 March 2020 – TAS Government introduces state of emergency with non-essential travel being ruled out, as tourism Tasmania encourages businesses to familiarise themselves with what assistance is available. Read more to find out how this impacts you.

17 March 2020 – TAS Government supporting local businesses through waiving payroll tax, grants and backing Tasmania’s tourism industry.

WA

10:50am 17 September 2020 – Paid pandemic leave will now be available to Western Australian workers. Click here for more information

4:31pm 31 March 2020 – WA Government has announced new relief package: The McGowan Government unveiled support for power and water bills, ensuring that no household or small to medium business will have their water or power shut off. Read more.

qld

2:01pm 24 March 2020 – The QLD Government announced a $4 billion package, extending tax breaks for small to medium-sized businesses to prevent significant job losses. For more info click here.

7:12am 20 March 2020 - North Queensland travel and tourism industry is seeing an unprecedented drop-off in bookings. Townsville Enterprise Limited’s director of tourism and events stated that businesses are relying on government support through legislation. Click here to read more.

Previous National News updates

5:48pm 23 April 2020 – Retailers have been granted authorisation by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission to collectively negotiate with landlords about rent relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

5:42pm 21 April 2020 – Australian Bureau of Statistics: Accommodation and food services (-25.6%), arts and recreation (-18.7%) and mining (-8.4%) lead the way on job losses. Unsurprisingly, accommodation and food services, and arts and recreation services also lead the way on pay cuts - down 30.1% and 15.7% respectively. 

7:33am 9 April 2020  The Federal Government has changed the Fair Work Act for employers and employees who have accessed the JobKeeper wage subsidy. Read more.

4:43pm 8 April 2020 – NT Government announces $180 million Coronavirus rescue package. Read more.

5:40pm 7 April 2020 – Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced new rental waivers and deferrals for commercial tents hit by the impact of the Coronavirus crisis. Click here to read more.

12:03pm 7 April 2020 – The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is introducing a new method which will allow people to claim 80 cents per hour for all their running expenses, rather than needing to calculate costs for specific running expenses. Click here for more.

2:20pm 3 April 2020 – Prime Minister Scott Morrison has foreshadowed a mandatory Coronavirus industry code of practice would be imposed on commercial and retail tenants. For further details, click here.

1:31pm 2 April 2020 – Proposed pandemic leave: The Fair Work Commission has issued a statement outlining its intention to update 103 awards during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more at Award flexibility during coronavirus.

1:20pm 2 April 2020 – Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced free child care will available for parents who still need it. Read more.

2:35pm 1 April 2020 – Australia Government announced measures to help secure freight access for Australian exporters: A new $110 million initiative will back Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector, as well as increased funding for the Export Market Development Grant. Read more.

4:13pm 30 March 2020 – Government unveils Coronavirus wage subsidy for businesses workers: Businesses are expected to be paid a wage subsidy of $1,500 per employee, under the Federal Government Jobkeeper payment plan to keep Australians in work. Click here for more.

2:40pm 27 March 2020 – The Federal Government has announced an economic hibernation: Policies are being developed to help businesses emerge after the Coronavirus crisis without crippling debts. For more details click here.

6:34am 27 March 2020 – Australia backs $7.5 trillion plan to kickstart global economy: Australia and other G20 nations have committed to co-ordinate efforts to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic. To read more about the virtual summit, click here.

1:22pm 25 March 2020 – Increased and accelerated income support: Expanded eligibility to income support payments and a new time-limited Coronavirus supplement. Click here.

8:52am 25 March 2020 – Access to Superannuation: The Government is allowing individuals affected by Coronavirus to access their superannuation. Click here.

9:48pm 24 March 2020 - Australia moves into Stage 2: The Federal government announced a further crackdown on social gathering, and has expanded the shutdown of non-essential services

12:00pm 24 March 2020 – Relief to directors on insolvent trading laws: The Government has given six month relief to directors for any personal liability from trading while insolvent as part of its Covid-19 response package. The regulatory relief comes alongside further stimulus that bring the total announced so far by the government to 9.7 per cent of GDP or $189bn over the forward estimates. To learn more, click here.

9:30pm 22 March 2020 – PM shuts down of 'non-essential' services: Pubs, Clubs and Casinos will be shut down from midday 23rd March. Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway only. Schools will remain open.

11:45am 22 March 2020 –  The Federal Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not-for-profits (including charities) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. Click here to read more.

10:20am 22 March 2020 – $66 billion second stimulus package: The Federal government is set to unveil new measures including up to $100,000 for small businesses to keep their staff employed during the coronavirus crisis, and Commonwealth guarantee of unsecured loans of up to $250,000.

2:36pm 20 March 2020 – PM, Scott Morrison’s Coronavirus update: Federal budget postponed from May to October. Small and medium-sized businesses including sole traders, will be the focus for the second stimulus package.

11:08am 20 March 2020 – ABA relief for small business: The Australian Banking Association announced all small businesses who are impacted by Coronavirus will be entitled to a six-month deferral on all business loans.

 

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